Classic Works in Evolutionary Biology S2014
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Instructors: Kurt Schwenk and Elizabeth Jockusch
Meeting time: Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
Meeting place: Bamford Room
|Date||Discussion Leader(s)||Readings||Additional Resources|
|Jan. 28||Kurt and Elizabeth||Excerpts from William Paley's "Natural Theology"
Excerpts from William Whewell's 1845 "Indications of the Creator"
|Feb. 4||Bill||Lamarck's Physiological Zoology (1809)
Excerpts from Owen on Homology and Types
|Feb. 11||Veronica||Darwin's and Wallace's 1858 Linnean Society Texts
|| Visualization: The Preservation of Favored Traces |
-- a graphic representation of the changes to *On the Origin of Species* through its six editions.
Owen's (anonymous) review of the Origin link
Wallace-Darwin similarities: more than a coincidence?
|Feb. 25||Cera||Heredity and Variation
Also worth a look, to see how rapidly genetics progressed
|Classic Literature in Genetics link|
Morgan, T.H. (1916) A Critique of the Theory of Evolution—Morgan reviews evolution and theories of heredity to that time: Morgan (1916) link
|March 4||Brigette|| Population Genetic Groundwork for the Modern Synthesis
Focus of Discussion
Also have a look at the beginning and end of these (but skip the math in between)
|March 11||Suman|| Excerpt from Dobzhansky (1937) Genetics and the Origin of Species
Also have a look at Dobzhansky's work on isolating mechanisms in Drosophila
|Bateson (1909) includes statement of Dobzhansky-Muller incompatibility model of speciation
H. J. Muller (1942) on the genetics of isolating mechanisms
|March 18||SPRING BREAK|
|March 25||Velotta, Michael|| Whittington's (1986) Simpson memoir|
|April 1||Katie, Sara||Speciation and hybridization
Zoological perspective--Mayr on genetic revolutions; also includes his historical perspective and a bit on hybridization
Botanical perspective--focused on hybridization
| Some biographical information on Stebbins:|
|April 8||Ellen, Bill|| Evo-Devo: outside the synthesis:
||You can get a free (probably illegal) full-text copy of Goldschmidt's book HERE|
Some interesting papers about Goldschmidt and his work:
Waddington was an experimental biologist as well as a theorist. Here are a few of his papers, all pertinent to what is contained in his book:
Here are some papers ABOUT Waddington and his work:
|April 15||Johana, Manette||
[Whatever you think of this paper, there is no denying that it was absolutely seminal; probably the most critiqued paper ever published in terms of its cross-disciplinary appeal - including an entire edited volume analyzing it from a rhetorical perspective! It marks the beginning of the modern era of constraint theory. Also, if you've wondered about the reference to the "Panglossian paradigm", this refers to Dr. Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's book 'Candide' (1759) who, even in the worst of circumstances, continues to explain why everything is just as it must be and that this is the most perfect of all worlds. It's a hilarious story and biting social commentary, with a great deal of relevance to biology and especially academics, generally (e.g., "what a great genius this Pococurante must be! Nothing can please him" and "but still, there must certainly be a pleasure in criticising everything, and in seeing faults where others think they see beauties." And for grad students regarding their advisors: "...but when I realized that he had doubts about everything, I figured I knew as much as himself, and had no need of a guide to learn ignorance." Finally, who can beat, "I have grown old in misery and disgrace, living with only one buttock..."?). But I digress... (KS)]
One of many critiques published about G & L – an indication of its seminal influence
Example of extreme adaptationist thinking
|April 22||Jimmy, Jessie||Comment on the Red Queen
Think we make you read too much? You could take Van Valen's class instead!
|April 29||Nora, Tim||Classic Demonstrations of Natural Selection in the Wild|